These summaries were prepared by McGuireWoods LLP lawyer Thomas E. Spahn. They are based on the letter opinions issued by the Virginia State Bar. Any editorial comments reflect Mr. Spahn's current personal views, and not the opinions of the Virginia State Bar, McGuireWoods or its clients. 
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20-Government Official Conflicts

A part-time hearing officer may represent parties before the board on which the lawyer serves, as long as the lawyer has had no involvement in the matter. The lawyer may not represent the party against the board or agency on which the lawyer currently serves as a part-time hearing officer, but may do so once the lawyer leaves the board or agency (provided the lawyer has no material confidential information). If the part-time hearing officer is disqualified from any matter, everyone in the lawyer's firm is disqualified. The hearing officer may not hear a case presented by the Attorney General's office when the lawyer is currently adverse to the Attorney General's office in another matter. [Rule 1.11 governs former government lawyers and judges, and recognizes the efficacy of "ethics screens" in some situations.]

Copyright 2000, Thomas E. Spahn